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Please Do It Subway Posters

Tokyo Metro produce refresh their series of subway posters annually, with an unique design for each month. In recent years, the posters by graphic artist Bunpei Yorifuji have been particularly stylish and easy to understand, utilising clever visuals and bright colours to grab the attention of commuters.

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Mothers’ Meetings – ママ会

Something you’ll see a lot of in Japanese is the Kanji 会 (かい), which symbolises a grouping or meeting. Its uses are quite broad, from titles, such as ‘International Association’ (交際交流会 – こくさいこうりゅうかい) to birthday party (誕生日会 – たんじょうびかい) . The trick is simply to look for the Kanji on the end and think of […]

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Typhoon Evacuation Warnings

As you no doubt heard, recently Typhoon Roke caused a bit of a mess in central Japan, with extensive flooding and damage due to strong winds and heavy rain. There are a lot of terms that are useful to know when typhoons are approaching, so today I’d like to introduce a few of them, including […]

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Withdrawing Cash in Japan

Using an ATM machine is a rather simple task, but one that can be somewhat stressful when you aren’t sure what buttons to press. Add to that an ever-growing line of impatient people behind you and it could just be enough ruin your day! Let’s take a look at the process of withdrawing money.

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Snowboard Safety

Winter in Japan can be positively frightful if you don’t have a positive outlook. Looking forward to going snowboarding is one very good way to keep your spirits up, but be sure to strap on your helmet before heading out!

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